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Traveling Around: Myanmar (The life of an international school teacher is good!)

Traveling Around: Myanmar

Can you relate?

• Carrying all of your spending money around with you, including money for hotels and inner country flights, in US dollars, because there are no ATMs, and credit cards are not excepted.
• Making sure that this cash is only brand new, crisp bills, because otherwise, they will not be excepted.
• Feeling like you are in India or Bangladesh, because Myanmar borders both of these countries.
• Seeing Burmese people wearing a white powder on their face, and discovering it is actually their traditional sun screen and moisturizer.
• Realizing that this is such an exciting moment to be in Myanmar due to their fledgling democracy and the recent release of Aung San Suu Kyi.
• Talking to amazing locals, who are so happy that you have chosen to visit their country, especially after years of tourists bans.
• Traveling by horse and cart……because this is an actual mode of transportation in Bagan, Myanmar!
• Using a paper ticket! No e-tickets in this country.
• Actually going to the airline company to buy this paper ticket, and then waiting as the agent hand writes each ticket!
• Visiting Bagan, where there are more than 1,200 temples which sounds amazing until you realize that this country used to have more than 13,000!
• Being super impressed by the service at the airports, considering that tourism is just starting up again.
• Trying the traditional food, which is shared style, and the food keeps coming until you are full!
• Sadly, seeing a neighborhood slum right next to a brand new high end grocery store. Seems very wrong.
• Arriving in Heho, traveling one hour by car, and then one hour by boat, to Inle lake, and realizing it was worth every minute of travel.
• Staying in cottages on stilts which are right in the middle of the lake.
• Seeing the milky way at night.
• Hanging out at the Strand Hotel

Currently we have 6 international schools listed in Myanmar on International School Community:

• Yangon International School (10 Comments)
International School of Myanmar (10 Comments)
International School Yangon (6 Comments)
Total Learning Academy (9 Comments)
Myanmar International School Yangon (8 Comments)
Yangon Academy (0 Comments)

If you are on a trip right now, away from your host country, write to us at admin@internationalschoolcommunity.com with your “Can you relate?” traveling experiences.  Tell us where you are traveling in the world and how you are coping with any culture shock.  If we choose your “Can you relate?” experience, International School Community will give you a coupon code for 1 free month of premium membership!

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Traveling Around: Iceland (The life of an international school teacher is good!)

Traveling Around: Iceland

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• Being amazed at how many tours were on offer for tourists to go on.
• Realizing I was there a too short of time to see everything I wanted to see.
• Having the feeling of actually wanted to return to this country, which doesn’t happen in every country I visit.
• Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon and enjoying the beautiful ‘moon-like’ scenery that surrounded it.
• Not really understanding what it is like to try and sleep during the ‘midnight’ sun of countries this part of the hemisphere…not easy.
• Meeting some interesting people on my day trips, and then seeing them again on the bus that goes to the airport.
• Taking a risk with a short time constraint to find a recommended restaurant, finding it, very much enjoyed the food, and then making it successfully to my destination on time.
• Checking out the beautiful sky and clouds patterns each day and trying to figure out if it is true the sky truly looks different in different parts of the world.
• Getting the chance to see the tectonic plate divide and where the North American plate and Eurasian plate meet each other.
• Having a good time listening to all the old stories and myths of Icelandic culture and history.
• Realizing that Iceland is indeed the land of TROLLS!
• Seeing a bunch of geysers, one that could blast upwards of 2-3 stories.
• Sneaking up to some wild common seals and just being in awe of being that close to wild animals (being that I normally live in a big city).
• Eating a picnic on a beautiful coast just listening to the sounds of the birds nearby, the relaxing sound of the ocean waves, and nothing else!
• Finding the Iceland horses (basically found everywhere on the SW side of the Iceland) quite unique and beautiful to watch.
• Walking over a side of a cliff on the coast and not realizing that I was walking over a bridge of rock with nothing but water underneath all of us!
• Learning about the Arctic Tern bird and how protective they are of their space/area; a few of the people in our tour (including myself) were actually attacked by this bird.

Currently we have 1 international school listed in Iceland on International School Community:

International School of Iceland (12 Comments)

If you are on a trip right now, away from your host country, write to us at admin@internationalschoolcommunity.com with your “Can you relate?” traveling experiences.  Tell us where you are traveling in the world and how you are coping with any culture shock.  If we choose your “Can you relate?” experience, International School Community will give you a coupon code for 1 free month of premium membership!

Traveling Around: Almaty, Kazakhstan (The life of an international school teacher is good!)

Traveling Around: Almaty, Kazakhstan

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• Seeing locations in a city that the Amazing Race teams did a challenge at.
• Noticing how amazing it would be to live next to a majestic range of mountains.
• Buying souvenirs that you normally wouldn’t buy because you are trying to make your current international apartment your “home”
• Being happy that the location that you are currently living in has much, much less pollution.
• Interrupting (in a respectful way) a important culture event that the locals were participating in.
• Talking with the local dried-fruit and nuts man at the green market in the center of town and buying some amazing dates from him.
• Meeting a lot of the expat international school teachers that live in the city and realizing how much fun they are having living abroad in a (very) foreign country.
• Laughing a bit as you walk through a mall and watching people skate around the indoor ice rink in the atrium.
• Passing by much of the produce at the local grocery stores because of its poor quality.
• Feeling grateful to have old work-friends in cool and unusual places around the world.
• Waiting for minutes, hours, and even days for the government to turn on the heat so you can take a hot shower.
• Eating at the main expat restaurant for some good-ole western food.
• Sitting in a cool section of a local restaurant and having some excellent, moreish local food.
• Checking out the very important opera house, but unfortunately not being able to buy a ticket to see a show.

Currently we have 10 international schools listed in Kazakstan on International School Community. They are:

• QSI Almaty International School (4 Comments)

If you are on a trip right now, away from your host country, write to us at admin@internationalschoolcommunity.com with your “Can you relate?” traveling experiences.  Tell us where you are traveling in the world and how you are coping with any culture shock.  If we choose your “Can you relate?” experience, International School Community will give you a coupon code for 1 free month of premium membership!

Traveling Around: Tbilisi, Georgia (The life of an international school teacher is good!)

Traveling Around: Tbilisi, Georgia

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• Walking around with a hotel employee with her trying to help me find a place to clean a new carpet I just bought.
• Putting an update on Facebook on where I am and everyone not knowing where Tbilisi is.
• Enjoying the walks through the city’s many parks, filled with Georgian people playing games or sitting on a bench.
• Arriving and being told that the government has turned off the hot water in the hotel building.
• Checking out very old art (e.g. mosaics) and being in awe of the detail and history of each piece.
• Realizing the main airport has many flights arriving in the wee hours of the morning.
• Eating out and finding the restaurant prices very expensive.
• Seeing the city’s amusement park on the mountain in the distance and regretting not going up to check it out.
• Finding the Georgian eyebrows to be rather large.
• Trying some of the local treats that include different kinds of dates and figs.
• Learning a little bit about the Georgian language and also practicing the limited vocabulary that I know in Russian, almost 15 years after having learned it.
• Taking pictures of the city’s stray cat population.  A mark of a great city is its stray cats.
• Finding my way in a hired car to the nearby town of Mtskheta and enjoying the view from the Monastery.
• Eyeing a piece of original artwork for 3 days, finally going over to bargain with the seller, ending up buying a really great piece.
• Having a goal to actually buy things (normally don’t buy souvenirs) for my home.
• Walking by the city’s main theater and being bombarded by many locals dressed up in their traditional clothes, not realizing exactly what had just transpired.
• Looking through the small openings on the city buildings to try and figure out what these “stores” were selling.

Currently we have two international schools listed in Georgia on International School Community. They are:

• New School International (Georgia) (3 Comments)

If you are on a trip right now, away from your host country, write to us at admin@internationalschoolcommunity.com with your “Can you relate?” traveling experiences.  Tell us where you are traveling in the world and how you are coping with any culture shock.  If we choose your “Can you relate?” experience, International School Community will give you a coupon code for 1 free month of premium membership!

Traveling Around: Lebanon (The life of an international school teacher is good!)

Traveling Around: Lebanon

Can you relate?

• Enjoying the gentle breeze of the Mediterranean Sea.
• Taking in the sunlight and warmth while escaping the winter coldness of Northern Europe.
• Being amazed of the history of Beirut, with its 1000s of years of oppression.
• Going on a day tour with small group of people from all over the world: Venezuela, U.K., Romania, Lebanon, USA, and UAE.  Great conversations.
• Checking out very old art (e.g. mosaics) and being in awe of the detail and history of each piece.
• Driving through the mountains and enjoying the excellent views of banana tree groves, the sea and just nature in general.
• Noticing the different ways that the Lebanese culture make bread designs. There was a popular purse-shaped bread on all the streets in Beirut.
• Observing the Lebanese men walking around in their underwear instead of wearing a Speedo or another kind of bathing suit.
• Being surprised to hear shouts from the military officers (with large guns) when I tried to take pictures nearby them.
• Taking in the history of the buildings in downtown Beirut; the newly constructed ones, the renovated ones, and the old ones that still have signs of war wreckage on them.
• Walking around the antique district and finally deciding to purchase some old tiles to put around my flat. I think I haggled well!
• Getting into a taxi car with a man who only spoke Lebanese Arabic and being taken for an extra long ride in the wrong direction.
• Walking around and exploring Jounieh, getting into neighborhoods where there weren’t any stores around and observing how the people live.
• Checking out all the Lebanese grocery stores to see which products that they had
• Eating at very good and tasty restaurants; getting treated very well with many restaurants giving me a complimentary dish/appetizer.
• Going to a felafel stand and trying to figure out the system to buy one without knowing the correct lingo and procedure to use.
• Experiencing rain, sleet, snow, hail, fog, sun, clouds, etc. all in the span on 1 hour while walking around the top of a nearby mountain.


Currently we have five international schools listed in Lebanon on International School Community. They are:

American Community School at Beirut (16 Comments)

International College Beirut (0 Comments)

Beirut International School (0 Comments)

Wellspring Learning Community (7 Comments)

Adma International School (0 Comments)

If you are on a trip right now, away from your host country, write to us at admin@internationalschoolcommunity.com with your “Can you relate?” traveling experiences.  Tell us where you are traveling in the world and how you are coping with any culture shock.  If we choose your “Can you relate?” experience, International School Community will give you a coupon code for 1 free month of premium membership!

Traveling Around: Prague, Czech Republic

Traveling Around: Prague, Czech Republic

Can you relate?

• Not realizing that the 2nd language on the local product packages was Slovak until the last day of the trip.
• Being swarmed and surrounded by hundreds of tourists.  Thank goodness their numbers decreased after the weekend was over.
• Going to high end restaurants for almost every meal, pretending that is how we normally go out to eat in our host country.
• Being actually quite impressed with the country’s churches, both outside and inside.
• Going to Bohemia Bagel every morning for breakfast.  Those bagels are pretty close to how they taste in NYC!
• Taking a short trip to Kutna Hora to see the “Bone Church.” Then deciding to walk to the center of the town (about 2-3 kms) not realizing the local bus could have taken us there much faster!
• Exploring local grocery stores to check out their products, hoping they have some things that cost much cheaper than what is available in our host country.
• Having a sunny, beautiful day every day of the trip, but then finally getting a cloudy, rainy day on the last morning during the taxi ride back to the airport.
• Getting a Thai massage after a day of walking around because the price of an hour massage is about 1/2 the price in our host country.
• Bring impressed by the buildings in Prague and how much of the design features being influenced by the Art Nouveau period.
• Seeing so many walking tour group everywhere.  The tour guide holding their attention getting flag and talking through their head microphone/speaker.
• Feeling like we were truly in the Renaissance period seeing costumed trumpeters in a castle playing a tune at the top of every hour it seemed.
• Tried to go to the National Museum and the National Theatre to find they were both closed to the public.
• Finding a lady behind a little table selling opera tickets, taking a risk and buying tickets from her and then actually having a great time at the opera show.
• Bring very underwhelmed at the city’s botanical garden.  Maybe it was because we went there during the off-season.
• Seeing many marionettes and puppets around the city, including a Michael Jackson one resembling Pinocchio.

If you are on a trip right now, away from your host country, write to us at admin@internationalschoolcommunity.com with your “Can you relate?” traveling experiences.  Tell us where you are traveling in the world and how you are coping with any culture shock.  If we choose your “Can you relate?” experience, International School Community will give you a coupon code for 1 free month of premium membership!

Traveling around: Yucatan Peninsula

Traveling Around: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Can you relate?

  • Driving around in a rental car and not being prepared for the multitude of “topes” or speed bumps.
  • Having people say “Hablas español?” and when we responded yes they preceded to talk to us in English.
  • Waiting in the longest line ever at the Cancun airport to go through customs.
  • Eating avocado at every meal.
  • Realizing that Mexican food in Mexico is MUCH, MUCH tastier!
  • Being in awe of all the beautiful colors of the Mexican architecture.
  • Walking around central plazas with basically everybody from the city walking around in it, also realizing how little people from the United States do that in their own cities…well if their city has a central plaza.
  • Being that it rained like every day, this area of Mexico is indeed probably best visited during spring break season.
  • Staying at a hostel with a very talkative owner.  Helpful, but VERY talkative.
  • Running into a folk dance performance with what seems the whole city watching.
  • Going into a travel agency asking them where to view the flamingos, and then finding out we didn’t allot enough time to drive to the actual place they were at.
  • Trying to find the best fresh juices in each city we traveled to.  Can’t have too many glasses of fresh mango juice!
  • Being amazed once again by the beauty of palm trees on a beach.
  • Looking the other way when being confronted with spring break type people.  Tried to avoid them most of the trip.
  • Going up to a table with a family thinking that they were a family of a student you had previously taught and then realizing it WASN’T them in the first place.
  • Couldn’t believe that I had to leave United States to finally go and visit Mexico for the first time.
  • Being amazed at how many different kinds of pastries there are at the bakeries.

If you are on a trip right now from your host country, write to us at admin@internationalschoolcommunity.com with your “Can you relate?” traveling experiences.  Tell us where you are traveling in the world and how you are coping with any culture shock.  If we choose your “Can you relate?” experience, International School Community will give you a coupon code for 1 free month of premium membership!